It’s not too late to play a Valentine music game or play some Valentine music. All of the material in this post are listed here on my page of free Valentine activities.
If you have middle or high school group lessons or a Valentine’s Day party, try this really fun Valentine game, Steal A Heart. I remade it a few years ago so that it is ink friendly. My teens love this game. Ledger line notes are included, but you don’t have to use them.
Valentine Card Rhythm Hunt is a fast game you can play with beginners who are learning rhythm. I’ve made this game for every holiday, so if you don’t get to play it now, check out the other versions.
There is a 4 page (folded) Valentine’s card with a note story and a sudoku rhythm game. This makes a nice card to give students the week of February 14.
If you want to see more Valentine music activities, check out my Valentine page! There are links to some Valentine music, too.
Steal A Heart Game
I created this game about five years ago for a group class I had near Valentine’s Day. It was an older group with middle school and high school age students. I told them it was a game to test them on the dreaded ledger line notes! But I also included all the notes so I could use it with more students.
They had a lot of fun playing it, stealing the same cards back and forth and trying to figure out the really hard ledger lines. They laughed a lot and I was glad that I had a game this group enjoyed.
There were really only two problems with this game in the original form:
- It used a whole lot of red ink.
- I could never remember the rules!
With that in mind and with Valentine’s coming up, I remade it. I cut the amount of red ink by about 80%. If you don’t want to use all the difficult ledger line cards, you don’t have to print them because they are on a separate page. And the game directions are included in the PDF file, so you can print them and keep it with the game.
I hope these revisions will encourage more teachers to try it. It works well with any age student and it is lots of fun.
It can also be modified for use in a private lesson.
- To review the names of notes on the grand staff.
- To learn identify ledger line notes in the bass and treble staves.
- Print a game board for each player.
- Print and cut the small note cards along the dotted lines.
- Place a stack of the little heart cards face down in reach of everyone.
- The first player draws a card, names the note, and places the card on an empty heart on his/her game board.
- Give students time to figure out the note.
- If a student draws a “Steal a Heart” card, he may take a heart card from the game board of the person on his right, but he must name the note he is stealing.
- If he draws a “Be Mine” card, he puts it over a card he has already placed on his board to protect it, and then draws another card. The other players cannot steal a card that is “protected” with the “Be Mine” card.
- If the player draws a “Give my Heart” card, he gives one of his cards to the player on his right, who must name the card before he can accept it.
- Feel free to modify the rules or change the way the game is played.
Valentine Composing Activity
Some years ago I posted a black and red version of this. As it happens with a lot of old material, I forgot about it until it started showing up on Pinterest. It looked rather dated and I didn’t like it anymore. I decided to do a makeover by adding more colors and flowers.
This is a fun Valentine’s “gift” for students to give to a special adult, especially if they can play it for them!
- To compose a melody to a familiar Valentine rhyme
- To review finger numbers
- Pre-school to about age 7
- The printable
- Piano keyboard
- Students place their right hand on the keys with the thumb or index finger on middle C
- Starting on middle C, they make up a tune and write the correct finger numbers or letter names in the hearts
- The tune sounds better if it starts and ends on C
- Alternatively, students can use their left hand, the black keys, or use another position, such as G
- Help younger students with the writing
Why I Like This Activity
- It helps students become more interested in composing
This post includes favorite beginning Valentine music currently on my website. You can find it on the Valentine music page here.
Remember last year when I posted these links? Well, as some of you know, I’ve been trying to revise all my pre-reading and primer level music to vertical (portrait) orientation, rather than horizontal (landscape). The reason I put this level in landscape in the first place is that there is more room for big notes. But it is so hard to use in a 3-ring binder! I’m determined to eventually remake all of my landscape scores!
Valentines Day PR – pre-reading with finger numbers only, on the black keys.
Roses are Red – pre-reading with finger numbers only, on the black keys.
Chocolate Valentines Pre-reading version is played on the white keys using all the fingers.
Chocolate Valentines On the Staff came about because one of my students saw the pre-reading version and asked me to make one for her on the staff. We made it longer by playing it several times, each time in a different octave.
Love Somebody, Yes I Do – Late Elementary (with 8th notes)
Love Somebody, Yes I Do – Primer Level (5-finger position on the staff)
Love Somebody, Yes I Do – Pre-reading
There’s a Little Wheel A-Turning in My Heart – Early Intermediate (lots of hands together and some finger substitutions)